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Prominent Russian Author and Public Intellectual Tatyana Tolstaya to Speak at Bard College on March 29

Darren O'Sullivan
Tatyana Tolstaya  Image Credit: Alena Lebedeva
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Thursday, March 29, prominent Russian novelist, essayist, short story writer, and public intellectual Tatyana Tolstaya will speak at Bard College about her new book, Aetherial Worlds, a collection of eighteen stories. Copies will be available for purchase at the event. The author, who has been compared to Chekhov and Nabokov, will be introduced by Bard Associate Professor of Russian Olga Voronina. The reading, presented by Bard’s Russian and Eurasian Studies Program and Center for Civic Engagement, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium in Bard’s Reem-Kayden Center. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Tatyana Tolstaya lives in Moscow. For 12 years, she was cohost of The School for Scandal, a popular talk show on Russian television covering culture and politics. She is also cofounder of a creative writing academy there. She has written for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. Five of her books, including her novel The Slynx, have been translated into English. After completing a degree in classics at Leningrad State University, Tolstaya worked for several years at a Moscow publishing house. In the mid-1980s, she began publishing short stories in literary magazines; her first story collection established her as one of the foremost writers of the Gorbachev era. She spent much of the late ’80s and the ’90s living in the United States and teaching at several universities.

For more information, call 845-758-7391, or e-mail
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This event was last updated on 03-12-2018